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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,198
Gots: 160 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

OnryAndMean, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for lugging this back for me from CA.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear honey orange, with a decent 2 inch orange-cream head that left just a hint of lacing. I will say, this is the first beer that right after I poured it, I said to myself, "Wow this looks like a beer poured in a beer commercial". Pure Hoppiness would have definitely received a 5 if the lacing were a bit stickier. The aroma is a subtle yet distinct infusion of orangey citrus and pine needles. This is a wonderful example of a beer where both styles of hops are very prevalent in the nose. Unfortunately, there is really no hint of malty sweetness, which is supposed to be there in a DIPA. The flavor is a bit subdued for me. There are definitely prevalent hops, bunches of citrus and a bit of pine, but the bitterness just isn't there. Also, like I said earlier, there really is not a malt presence in this beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied and just a bit effervescent. No real resiny mouthfeel noted. This is a great beer, but a DIPA, I don't think so. This is just a stronger IPA and is definitely lacking some of the qualities that I look for in my double IPA's. If this was reclassified to an American IPA, I would positively reconsider my scores and put this up with Bell's Two Hearted, Firestone's Union Jack, and Ballast Point's Sculpin.

hwwty4, Jan 24, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Houser, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

lonewolfcry, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

drgonzo2k2, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

tswater, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

RuckusDu, Sep 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

alysmith4, Jul 07, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirsheybar for this.

A-golden orange with a whispy white head
S-slightly fruit hops with a very faint smell of that
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet with a nice hop bite to it
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nice berr. Loving alpine the more and more I have it!

brew3crew, Apr 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

udubdawg, Sep 13, 2012
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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, translucent, shot with red highlights. Thick and incredibly bubbly. One finger white head, fades fairly fast, leaving thick lacing.

Strong pulpy ruby red grapefruit aroma, with lesser scents of lemon, caramel malt, and clover honey.

Bright and hoppy - sweet grapefruit and floral - strongly supported by a malt backbone. Caramel and grains, but the heavy malt presence supports, not overpowers. Extremely hoppy. Chewing reveals a slight rind flavor, as well as some pepper.

Medium-light feel, but with a thick oily hop residue. Avoids the syrupy feel some DIPAs have. Very full and lively in the mouth with larger sips. Medium carbonation sting, no foaming.

This is a very drinkable DIPA - more like a single IPA as far as drinkability and mouthfeel. It takes a large sip to get that fullness. More like a Stone DIPA than PtE or HT, but one of the better DIPAs I've tried lately.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Roguer, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

EB1, Dec 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 14, 2006. 22 oz Bottle. Lucious sweet liquor of hops, licking my nose with Centennial piney resins. Full of swaying fresh grasses and grapefruit trees. Pour of an amber tinged pure gold, crowned with a rocky froth of off-white. Flavor is a delicious lightly creamy malt body, heavy with droopy eyelids of fresh white pine needles and a bough of aspen leaves. Dryly smacking of grass resin and freshly squeezed Valencia oranges. A drop of lemon juice and vodka sneak in. Mmmm hops. An well built IPA with great balance and body. I love the long draw of hoppy apple peels.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 13, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

mscudder, Mar 06, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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